Gough's on Gough
15 Gough St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2473 9066
Whether you’re a lover of food or design, you’ll find plenty to soak in at Gough’s on Gough, the first restaurant from renowned British furniture designer, Timothy Oulton. A wonderland of exotic decor and a hub of culinary creativity, Gough’s is the all-rounder establishment that every restaurateur dreams of, but few succeed at making. With his first endeavour in F&B, Timothy Oulton has given both design and gastronomy the attention
From the life-sized diver meeting you at the entrance to the wall of goose feathers that flips to oyster shells or leather panels depending on the time of day, the decor can throw you at first. That is, until you learn more about the man behind the brand: an antique lover who has built his reputation on delivering stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces rooted in old British sentiment.
With Timothy Oulton designing all of the pieces for the restaurant in-house, the result is a truly spectacular showroom, with an eclectic array of vintage furniture and original pieces. Step up the gold and marble staircase
right into Timothy Oulton’s fantasia, where leather-wrapped columns, a 1960s Venetian chandelier and Roman-style black-and-white marble flooring lends a dreamy backdrop for the ambitious food offerings from experienced Head Chef, Arron Rhodes.
But the night is young, and you’re here for a drink – a mission that’s accomplished at the moonstone crystal bar made of 495 sparkling crystal baguettes. Manned by pristine barmen in their pressed white coats, the bar offers up a selection of wellbalanced drinks harking straight from the days of prohibition. Start your night with the Victory Gin cocktail featuring Fords Gin and house-made ginger and lemon syrup, topped up with Champagne. The cocktail is inspired by the drink of choice of Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s novel 1984, who railed against Big Brother in the name of freedom of thought.
With a bit of a buzz going, the extraordinary design details come even more into focus as you take your seat on one of the tufted leather banquettes, each made by hand in the Timothy Oulton workshop. If you can, tear your eyes away from the decor to peruse the menu, a product of Chef Arron’s multifaceted culinary background, ranging from Belgium to the Maldives and, most recently, Central Restaurante in Peru – a mainstay of the World’s 50 Best.
As soon as the amuse-bouche arrives – a trio of beef tartare, a mini baked potato on squid ink rice, and brown crab mousse on a squid ink tart – you know you’re in for a treat. From there, Arron weaves in ingredients and
influences from Japan to Central America, effortlessly harmonising flavours, yet, never ceasing with the element of surprise. There’s a teriyaki-infused dashi custard with sea urchin and trout roe and a tender braised short rib with battered shallots, as well as Arron’s take on a Peruvian-style ceviche with crispy kinawa and glass shards made of corn husks.
Housemade sorbet and a selection of petit fours rounds out the exemplary meal, one that rotates every few weeks to give diners a new reason to come back. And there’s every chance that you will – food and ambience don’t often come together in such a state of harmony and originality as they do at Gough’s on Gough, making an evening here seem infused with just a little bit of magic.